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Spring Tips for Healthy Living

Posted on 03/26/2013

Spring is here, even if the weather may not feel like it yet. In fact, I think I saw snow in the air yesterday! Well, we really didn't have much of a winter so if spring is late to arrive we really can't complain. I'm used to winters in North Dakota and any winter here in Illinois pales in comparison. With spring officially here, I thought it might be nice to share some healthy living tips with you. Since March is National Nutrition Month, I of course, go heavy on nutrition tips since that is after all my passion. I hope you find these helpful and enjoy them as much as I did pulling them together for you.

1. Drink plenty of water every day.
2. Get the necessary rest your body requires each day.
3. Take stress seriously. Have relaxation techniques to squelch stress before it becomes a problem.
4. Use portion control when it comes to your diet. Remember, diet is not about modifying your eating habits rather any food and drink you consume.
5. Eat a variety of foods -- do not eat the same thing every day.
6. Remember to eat a colorful rainbow of fruits and vegetables every day.
7. If you need to lose weight, set a healthy weight loss goal. Start small and when you achieve your goal, set another until you reach your final goal.
8. Eat on smaller plates to help you achieve portion control and in turn, it will also help you control your caloric intake.
9. If you have a serious medical condition or disease, control it so it does not control you.
10. If you travel, pack healthy snacks and meals to avoid eating unhealthy foods on the go.
11. Do some sort of exercise each day, even if that means cleaning, walking or stretching, depending on your own ability.
12. Do not add salt to food -- no exceptions. Excessive sodium is to blame for 2.3 million deaths each year worldwide (85,000 in the U.S.). Need I say more?
13. Try to eat from each food group and do not eliminate a food group for any reason. It can lead to malnutrition and other health issues.
14. Avoid falling for quick weight loss fixes or so-called fad diets. They do not work in the long run. They may at the beginning, but in the end, you'll end up gaining the weight back and then some.
15. Weigh yourself weekly at about the same time of day with the same scale, to avoid inaccuracies.
16. Don't drink soda pop -- regular or diet -- there is no nutritional purpose and the phosphorus in it can be harmful, not to mention the excessive sugar, food dyes, chemicals and artificial sweeteners. Water is best!
17. Caffeine is okay, in moderation. Just be aware of how you take your caffeine, such as in tea and coffee by adding too much cream or sugar greatly changes a healthy beverage to an unhealthy one.
18. Try to eat as "natural" food as possible, without the processing and not man-made. Whole foods include food that does not come in a box, can or frozen. If there's no label, it is probably a good, healthy choice.
19. If it sounds too good to be true...it probably is! Steer clear of miracle cures and quick fixes for what ails you.
20. Your health is your greatest asset in life...take care of it.

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Seattle Sutton's 2013 Slim Down in Peoria update for week #11...the 10 contestants have lost a total of 400.7 pounds to date! With only 4 more weeks to go, who will be the winner?  Be sure to check back here next week for the latest in contest results. For more information visit seattlesutton.com. You can also find us on Facebook: facebook.com/SeattleSuttons and follow us on Twitter: Twitter.com/SeattleSutton. 

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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